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Vol. 17 No. 19 - February 22, 2017

letters to the editor


Efforts appreciated

Thank you to our island friends for all you have done during my husband's recent month-long hospital and rehab time. Many have visited and called him and called to make sure everything was OK. Special thanks to Susan Timmons and Sean Murphy for our 30-year friendship and surprising my husband at the rehab with a dinner from the Beach Bistro tonight. You have no idea how much that meant to him. He will be home soon and we could not of done this without my community.

Carol Whitmore
Dr. Andre Renard
Holmes Beach

Good move, commission

I would like to thank the Holmes Beach city commissioners for agreeing to restore the 35 mph speed limit from the Anna Maria Island Bridge to the public beach and in front of Anna Maria Elementary school. To make either of those stretches of road 25 mph was excessive, as they are not dangerous areas, and when school children are present in the vicinity of the school, the speed limit already is reduced to15 mph. In addition, to have a patchwork of speed limits from 35 to 25 in the city sets up a particularly confusing situation for motorists and some would say creates a speed trap.

Pat Copeland
Anna Maria

Good move, commission, 2

Reduced speed limits, stop signs and speed traps can be found all over Holmes Beach. Yesterday, I attended the Holmes Beach City Commission meeting to learn that commissioners were just as surprised as city residents and business owners that new speed limit reductions were posted on SR 64 (Manatee Avenue). After massive protests by residents, commissioners voiced their concern that Police Chief William Tokajer single-handedly and without approval of the city commission proposed lower speed limits to FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation). All this without conducting a traffic study as requested by Mayor Bob Johnson. Eventually, commissioners sent a clear message to the chief: Do not reduce speed limits without being told to do so. It was time to let Chief Tokajer know who really is in charge of the city. Thank you, city commissioners, for taking the steering wheel back in your hands.

Monika Klotz
Holmes Beach


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